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David Gordon Green
Career high points: "Pineapple Express", "All The Real Girls"
Career low point: "The Sitter"
How to fix it: You don't end up on this list if you're beyond all hope, and that's certainly not the case with the mega-talented Green. He's confounded some film critics and fans with his choices, since his early work marked him as a Malick-esque observer of small-town mores and personalities, but he's since pursued a decidedly more raucous big-studio agenda, making dirty comedies and stoner fare. His work on this season's "Eastbound & Down" shows that he has a wicked sense of timing and staging when he's got good material to work with, but do we really want to see him doing loose remakes of "Adventures In Babysitting," or do we want something more from him? All it would take is one film from this guy's heart and critics would be doing backflips again, and it's obvious from his work as a producer on things like "The Catechism Cataclysm" and "Compliance" that he's still very much a part of the indie world. Will "Suspiria" be the one, or will it be any of the other ten films he's got in development? One thing's certain… he's doing it his way, and seems uninterested in doing what's "expected" of him.
- Drew McWeeny